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Michigan Supreme Court asks for briefs on private school refunds

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday asking for briefs on two questions: Whether the court should grant Gov. Rick Snyder’s request for an advisory opinion on whether reimbursing private schools for state-ordered expenses violates the Michigan constitution; and, if the justices do agree to consider the question, how they should rule.

The court wants the Attorney General's Office to present briefs arguing both sides of each question, which is not uncommon when the court asks for an advisory opinion. The court also invited briefs from "the Governor and any member of the House or Senate."

Briefs are to be filed by Aug. 26, the court said.

Snyder asked the court on July 13 for the advisory opinion about the budget he signed in June, but which does not take effect until Oct. 1, when the 2016-17 fiscal year begins.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/20/supreme-court-asks-briefs-private-school-refunds/87347482/

Bank of Ann Arbor to pay $33.3M for Bank of Birmingham

Ann Arbor — The holding company for Bank of Ann Arbor plans to buy the Bank of Birmingham for approximately $33.3 million.

The merger would create a bank with 225 employees and eight locations across Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland counties, according to a statement from Arbor Bancorp Inc. Pending regulatory approvals and the approval of the shareholders of Birmingham Bloomfield Bancshares Inc., the deal should be finished by year’s end.

The merged companies would be known as Bank of Ann Arbor.

The merger offers the Bank of Ann Arbor the chance to expand into Oakland County, which is where Bank of Birmingham’s only location is, said Tim Marshall, president and CEO of Bank of Ann Arbor.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/business/2016/07/20/bank-ann-arbor-purchase/87349122/

Michigan gay rights activist Jeffrey Montgomery dies

Jeffrey Montgomery, founder of the Triangle Foundation and one of the most recognized voices for LGBT rights in Michigan, never set out to be a gay rights leader, his brother said.

But the direction of his life changed after his boyfriend, Michael, was murdered outside a gay bar in 1984. Police considered it “just another gay crime” and refused to investigate it as a hate crime, said John Montgomery.

“Jeff had never thought about being political,” John Montgomery said. “He became real active ... He changed a lot of lives for the good.”

Mr. Jeffrey Montgomery, a Detroit resident, died Monday, July 18, 2016, from a heart attack, his family said. He was 63.

Read more: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2016/07/19/jeffrey-montgomery-dies/87324810/

State senator will propose local control over concealed, open carry of weapons

A Cincinnati legislator said today he will introduce legislation to permit cities to override open and concealed carry weapon permits during "events of regional or national significance."

Sen. Cecil Thomas, D-Cincinnati, was responding to the plea - which went unheeded - by Cleveland's largest police union to Gov. John Kasich to temporarily ban citizens from openly carrying firearms during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

“We have received feedback from public safety experts who are concerned that certain events – such as political conventions – could incite unnecessary violence and hinder the ability of law enforcement to perform their duties,” Thomas said in a statement. “We want every person in our state to be safe when they are attending an important event. We also want law enforcement to have the ability to deploy the most effective methods to assure that safety.”

Thomas said the bill, as yet not introduced, would allow local control over Ohio gun laws in certain circumstances. "A one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to many issues, including open and concealed carry of firearms,” said Thomas, a 27-year veteran of the Cincinnati Police Department.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/the-daily-briefing/2016/07/07.20.2016-open-carry-restrictions.html

Florida man appears to lie down, put hands up before being shot by police

MIAMI — Florida man Charles Kinsey claims he was shot in the leg by police while lying on the ground with his hands in the air. And now, local news station WSVN is airing cellphone footage, which seems to back up Kinsey's claims.

Kinsey told WSVN: "When he shot me, it was so surprising. It was like a mosquito bite."

The cell phone video doesn't show the actual shooting, but it appears to show Kinsey lying down, arms in the air, telling the officers there is no need for lethal force. He also tells the officers that he is a behavioral therapist and tries to calm down another man in the street, reportedly one of Kinsey's patients.

North Miami police said they were responding to reports of an armed man threatening suicide in the middle of the street. Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, says that man was a patient with autism who was playing with a toy truck. Kinsey says he tried to convince the officers neither himself nor his patient was a threat.

Read more: http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/national/video-florida-man-appears-lie-down-put-hands-being/nr29f/

State court throws out Jon Waters defamation suit by marching band director against Ohio State

The Ohio Court of Claims on Tuesday ruled that Ohio State University did not defame former marching-band director Jonathan Waters when it fired him in July 2014 for failing to adequately address a "sexualized culture" in the nationally known band program.

The decision dismisses Waters' defamation suit, but it doesn't end his legal actions against the university. A separate lawsuit, alleging that he didn't receive due process in his firing and suffered gender discrimination, remains in federal court.

David Axelrod, an attorney who initially represented Waters in both cases, said Wednesday he and other attorneys on the team have asked to be withdrawn from the federal case. The state Court of Claims website indicates that Waters' former attorneys already had withdrawn from that case.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/07/20/One_Waters_lawsuit_against_Ohio_State_thrown_out.html

Democrats not staying quiet during GOP convention

CLEVELAND — Used to be that, out of courtesy, the political parties essentially would go dark during the other side’s political convention.

But that's so 20 years ago.

Not only are Hillary Clinton’s supporters here to rain on Donald Trump’s convention coronation, they have set up what they’re calling a “counter-convention.”

“There’s just too much at stake to step back and let the American people hear the nastiness and venom that is being spewed from that podium,” said Debbie Wasserman Shultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, in a press conference today not far from the convention center.

Read more: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/07/20/democrats-not-staying-quiet-during-gop-convention.html

Man ignites himself while burning American flag outside RNC

CLEVELAND, Ohio — One of the protesters arrested Wednesday at a staged flag burning outside the Republican National Convention in downtown Cleveland caught himself and two other demonstrators on fire, leading to a violent altercation with police.

Police Chief Calvin Williams said during an evening news conference that 18 people were arrested near the corner of East 4th Street and Prospect Avenue – two on felony charges, including assaulting a police officer. The others face misdemeanor charges of failure to disperse.

The incident began when protesters blocked RNC delegates from accessing Quicken Loans Arena late Wednesday afternoon, and police issued an order to disperse, Williams said.

The demonstrators refused to leave the area, and one began to set fire to an American flag, the chief said. When the protester's pants caught fire, an officer stepped in to extinguish the flames. The protester tried to keep the burning flag away from the officer, and in doing so, lit two other demonstrators on fire, as well

Read more: http://www.cleveland.com/rnc-2016/index.ssf/2016/07/witness_describes_rnc_flag-bur.html#incart_maj-story-1

Bevin blames media for tension between blacks, police

Who should get the blame for tension between blacks in America and the police?

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin put a large portion of the blame on the media.

Bevin made the comments Tuesday at a forum on criminal justice reform held in Cleveland at the Republican National Convention.

He received a loud standing ovation from his Republican audience.

Read more: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/blogs/2016/07/19/bevin-blames-media-tension-between-blacks-and-police/87299090/

Economic development group in Danville opposes pipeline plan

An economic-development group representing Danville and Boyle County adopted a resolution Wednesday opposing the repurposing of a natural gas line that runs through 20 miles of the county.

“We oppose any changes to Tennessee Gas Pipeline that could negatively affect the health and safety” of citizens, the Danville-Boyle County Economic Development Partnership said in its resolution. The stance was adopted by a 14-0 vote of the board of directors, said Jody Lassiter, president and CEO of the partnership.

The Danville City Commission and Boyle Fiscal Court passed similar resolutions in June. The cities of Perryville and Junction City also approved resolutions, as did the local chamber of commerce, industrial foundation, convention and visitors bureau and two Main Street programs in Danville and Perryville.

Lassiter said it is rare and unusual for the partnership to take a position because all nine participating organizations must first act before the EDP takes a public-policy stance.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article90839637.html
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